Elephant Yam (Amorphophallus paeoniifolius) in the Amorphophallus Database

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Amorphophallus paeoniifolius Accepted
Amorphophallus dubius Synonym
Amorphophallus rex Synonym
Amorphophallus campanulatus Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Plant Height: 2 to 8 feet (.6-2.4m)
Plant Spread: 3 to 7 feet (.9-2.1m)
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Showy
Other: Starting green then yellow and finally red when ripe.
Flowers: Showy
Malodorous
Flower Color: Green
Other: Spathe variable light to dark red, pale yellow to yellow-green. Spadix variable red and yellow to all yellow.
Bloom Size: Over 12"
Flower Time: Other: Seasonal.
Underground structures: Tuber
Uses: Vegetable
Edible Parts: Roots
Eating Methods: Cooked
Resistances: Rabbit Resistant
Toxicity: Other: All parts of plant contain calcium oxalate crystals, an irritant to the mouth and esophagus. Toxic to cats and dogs.
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: Remove seeds from berry which contains chemicals that inhibit germination.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Leaf
Division
Offsets
Pollinators: Flies
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
Flower 16"tall and 15"diameter

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Location: Macleay Island, Queensland, AustraliaDate: 2013-11-29Flower 16"tall and 15"diameter
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Location: Macleay Island, Queensland, AustraliaDate: 2019-12-06
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Location: Macleay Island, Queensland, AustraliaDate: 2013-11-26
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Location: Odessa, FLDate: 2012-05-12This variation is called 'Jungle Night'
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Location: Macleay Island, Queensland, AustraliaDate: 2013-11-29Flower 16"tall and 15"diameter
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Location: Odessa, FLDate: 2009-04-29This variation is called 'Jungle Night'
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Location: Xishuanbanna Tropical Botanical Gardens, Yunnan, ChinaImage by Spencer C. H. Barrett, University of Toronto
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Location: Austin ,TXDate: july
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Location: Macleay Island, Queensland, AustraliaDate: 2013-11-20
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Location: Macleay Island, Queensland, AustraliaDate: 2013-11-29Flower 16"tall and 15"diameter
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Location: Fairchild Gardens, Miami FLDate: 2016-12berries ripening
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Location: Fairchild Gardens, Miami FLDate: 2016-12close-up of berries
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Location: Macleay Island, Queensland, AustraliaDate: 2013-11-18
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Location: Macleay Island, Queensland, AustraliaDate: 2013-11-20
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Location: Macleay Island, Queensland, AustraliaDate: 2013-11-23
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Location: Macleay Island, Queensland, AustraliaDate: 2014-02-08
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Photo courtesy of: Aravind Sivaraj
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Location: TexasDate: 2017-03-30Ready to Plant
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Location: Fairchild Gardens, Miami FLDate: 2016-12growing in ground through winter
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Location: Fairchild Gardens, Miami FLDate: 2016-12showing hand for scale
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Location: Macleay Island, Queensland, AustraliaDate: 2013-11-23
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Date: 2011-11-04Photo courtesy of: Manojk
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Photo courtesy of: Ajaykuyiloor
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Photo courtesy of: (WT-shared) SalilMoolyath
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Location: Binghamton UniversityDate: 2009-06-06Photo courtesy of: KugelaP
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Comments:
Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Jan 1, 2012 2:18 AM

Introduced in 1817.
Corm is edible.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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